Thursday 8 December 2016

Transition Year students impress with journalistic skills

Published 15/03/2016 | 02:30

Emma Flanagan was overall winner of the NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass Awards with category winners, from left: Zachary Gillespie (news) Eoin Hartnett (opinion), Lorraine Hanrahan (photojournalism) and Ciaran Sheehan (sports) Photo: Chris Bellew
Emma Flanagan was overall winner of the NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass Awards with category winners, from left: Zachary Gillespie (news) Eoin Hartnett (opinion), Lorraine Hanrahan (photojournalism) and Ciaran Sheehan (sports) Photo: Chris Bellew

A Transition Year student who captured the mood of the Irish public even before it was expressed at the ballot box in the recent General Election, has carried off top honours at the annual Press Pass Awards at Dublin's Convention Centre.

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Emma Flanagan, from Our Lady's College, Drogheda, Co Louth was judged the overall winner for her entry 'The Politics of Apathy'.

Press Pass is a newspapers-in-education initiative for Transition Year classes, run by NewsBrands Ireland and sponsored by the Irish League of Credit Unions. This year about 200 schools and 7,500 students participated.

The programme seeks to improve literacy skills and awareness of news media, and encourages students to analyse and interpret a range of newspaper content and then enter their own journalistic work. The winners are selected by a panel of newspaper editors and journalists, chaired by Professor John Horgan, the former Press Ombudsman. Trophies are awarded in five categories: features, opinion, news, sport and photojournalism.

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